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December 06 , 2008

Into Enemy Arms

The Remarkable True Story of a German Girl’s Struggle Against Nazism, and Her Daring Escape With the Allied Airman She Loved


Ditha Bruncel’s detailed memory of living in Germany during the Second World War provides a rare, first-hand insight into the day-to-day struggle against Nazi oppression, when even small acts of defiance or resistance carried great personal risk.
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